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Special train services for school vacation, Esala festival

A special train service will be deployed from Colombo Fort to Badulla during the school vacation season, the Railways Department said in a statement.


Rough seas during thundershowers; naval and fishing communities warned

The seas extending from Puttalam to Mullaitivu via Kankasanturai will be rough at times today, the Department of Meteorology said, issuing a warning to fishing communities.


Price formula for flour to be introduced – Buddhika Pathirana

A pricing formula will be implemented for flour in the near future, State Minister for Industry and Commerce Buddhika Pathirana said.


Strict action against those who use formalin in food – State Minister

Strict action will be taken through Consumer Affairs Authority (CFA) against those who misuse formalin for food preservation, State Minister of Industry and Commerce Buddhika Pathirana said.


SL expects up to 2 million visitors in 2019 as visa fees waived off for 48 countries

Sri Lanka is projected to attract 1.9 to 2 million tourists in 2019, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman Kishu Gomes said.


State banks should not be privatised – President

Measures should be taken to strengthen state banks instead of privatising them, President Maithripala Sirisena said.


Sri Lanka looking to counter Boothaya, Tsunami water on paddy

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka is looking to counter the problem where farmers cannot get a guaranteed price due to higher moisture content in paddy (rough rice) coming from mechanical harvesters, State Minister for Public Distribution and Economic Affairs Harsha de Silva said.


200 railway crossings to be covered with electric bells and signs

With the assistance of a loan provided by the Hungarian Government, 200 railway crossings will be fitted with electric bells and lighting systems, Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said today (26 July).


CEB not paying interest for consumers’ security deposits – Consumer rights advocate

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is not paying interest for security deposits consumers make when they sign up for the service, the Movement for Consumer Rights said.


Free visa on arrival for 46 countries

Sri Lanka is to re-introduce the free visa on arrival facility for citizens of 46 countries with effect from August 1, Minister of Tourism John Amaratunga said.


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